Client: Global Affairs Canada (formerly Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Size: 7,896 m2 (85,000 ft2)
The Canadian Chancery in Nairobi, Kenya, is one of a number of J.L. Richards & Associates Limited’s (JLR) Canadian High Commission and embassy projects throughout the world. JLR designed this facility in association with the architectural staff of Global Affairs Canada (formerly Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada [DFAIT]).
An early reconnaissance trip to Nairobi by JLR and the DFAIT personnel established the benefits of a local and sustainable design approach. Kenya has an abundance of locally available materials, equipment, and skilled construction trades that could contributed to a successful design approach. Adaptation of the design to local materials and techniques enabled significant benefits in terms of environmental sustainability, construction cost, schedule, and lifecycle maintainability.
The concrete frame construction is enclosed in glazed curtain wall and rendered masonry. Building systems design include heating, air conditioning, IT, security, and a 100% emergency power backup generator.